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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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3,355 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,355
Hads: 13,411
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 847
Gots: 3,601 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-11-2001

An India Pale Ale style well suited for adventurous trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and an incredibly floral aroma.
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Reviews: 3,355 | Hads: 13,411
Photo of kwc017
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a green flash tulip. Lovely light straw color. Nice head and retention. Smell is amazing. Citrus, citrus and more citrus. Orange peel, grapefruit. Just an amazing smell. I think they should make a perfume that smells like this beer. Taste is just soooo good. Citrus, hops, maybe a little pine. Awesome, awesome beer. This should be a staple in every hop heads collection.

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Photo of lbaker
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(a) Pours a light caramel color, perfect amount of head, great lacing remains. Little bit of carbonation, pretty visible and see through. (4/5)

(s) I've got a decent sniffer, but for the amount of hops thrown in this brew its not as floral as I expected. Very unique, citrus, pine...outdoors. (3.5/5)

(t) delicious. Not too heavy, not too light. Great balance, great proportion of hops and sweets. (4.5/5)

(m) light on the tongue but not too light, great from front to back. (4.5/5)

(d) For a beer that brags on its hops this beer offers superb drinkability. Keep em coming. (4.5/5)

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Photo of ScrewBud
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - typical IPA, little hazy
S - dank, fresh cut grass
T - crisp and woodsy, kinda unique in a good way
F - again crisp refreshing
O - pleastly surprised, was recommended by someone who didn't like IPA. Thanks Casey.

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Photo of Sethzilla
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First Review!

Poured in to a standard pint glass.

A: Proper pour produces a tight inch-thick head that sticks around for a while. The beer has a burnt orange color.

S: Notes of cotton candy, sweet fruit; tangerine and mango. Slight astringency in the nose as well.

T: Quite tasty! Pine notes and more tangerine/mango. There is a clean bitterness, bready malt profile and just the slightest bit of astringency.

M: Coats the mouth nicely, but the carbonation helps dry it up a little. Refreshing, and leaves me ready for the next sip! Has a certain 'juicy' quality.

O: I really enjoy this beer. Overall it is really well balanced -- the piney/floral/fruity character is held up by the malt. This beer gets a lot of hype and in my opinion, is very deserving of it.

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Photo of Cyrion
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a hefe glass. Sue me.

Appearance: Deep gold and clear, with an inch of off-white head. Weblike lacing rings all the way down the glass. Lovely.

Smell: Both pine and citrus hope, with neither side truly gaining the upper hand. The grapefruit is particularly good, giving me something that is more mouthwatering than pine. I'm not getting much malt, except for a vague sweetness somewhere.

Taste: A delightful citric hop that is softer than you would expect for such well-known IPA.

Mouthfeel: A dry and crisp experience, pleasant without becoming astringent.

Overall: An IPA that is very easy to like. The hops are noticeable, but not assertive, placing it in another category from the unpalatable hop bombs that are in vogue. Lacks the malt I've been searching for, but is a complex beer nonetheless. Well recommended, and possibly my new favorite IPA.

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Photo of awillick
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two Hearted Ale is just a good quality IPA that's distinctively bitter and complex without an overpowering after-taste. I can't detect much a flavor aside from the hops. It's genius is really its simplicity.

It sits pretty heavy with me though. Not sure if it's because of the 7% ABV or the hoppiness of the beer itself, but I'm satisfied with just one before switching to something a bit lighter.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear orange with a fluffy white head which lasts for quite a bit. Smell is citrus, with plenty of floral/vegetal complements - makes me think that the hops used were very fresh. Taste veers more towards the piney bitter end. Dry finish and moderate carbonation make this an easy drinker that hides its ABV well. Overall, a classic IPA - long live Bell's Two Hearted!

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Photo of Prasm
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very lemony on the nose with caramel undertones. Zesty hop driven lemon flavors up front, nice mouth-feel, flavors persist quite nicely and linger for quite a while. This is a great beer for a hot Summer day.

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Photo of jimdalton
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, dark copper.
Odor: Floral, malty, and bitter
Taste: Earthy with a floral, citrus hop kick and a nice back end sweetness Smooth, floral, earthy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Earthy with a floral, citrus hop kick. Nice, floral, earthy aftertaste.
Overall: Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale brings the a new spin to the IPA style. This IPA has all the usual suspects as far as flavor, but brings a special kick that is not found in other IPAs.

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Photo of leeenglewood
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a slight yeast haze and the head is thick and stick around till you finish your glass. Smells like fresh hops with a citrus overtone. Initial taste of hop bitterness that is very perfumey followed along by a slight malt flavor although not sweet more grainy. Aftertaste is all hops very citrusy. Very perfumery hops flavor. Mouthful is rich and oily is rather drinkable. This beer has more dry hopped flavor then any beer ive ever had before.

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Photo of Caesar1pup
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Saw Mill Tap Room in Raleigh.

What's not to like? I have to say that this is, without a doubt, one of the best beers this guy has ever had. Hops Hops and more Hop but well balanced and very drinkable. Don't let the man get you down Two Hearted, you are the best of the best!

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Photo of mhaugan
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to travel from Phoenix to Minneapolis to get my hands on some, but since I have a business need to do so, its not too bad. Picked up a sixer to keep in my hotel fridge.

A - Nice Amber with a decent head and some quality lacing

S - Nice and hoppy with just a hint of sweet

T - Hoppy with a great sweet, smooth finish

D - Wonderful. Once of the few IPAs that I would really call a session beer without killing all of my taste buds. The slight sweetness from the malt really helps a bunch.

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Photo of gcarl
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice transparent amber. Hop smell is not in your face but rather faint. a nice white head holds for a moment before falling and leaving some attractive lacing.

Taste is all there. Hop bitterness upfront with a creamy malty follow through, exactly what I look for in a good American IPA.

Drinkability is unbelievable, if this was available in MA it would replace Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion as my go to IPA.

Has everything it needs....nothing it doesn't. A no frills IPA for even the most discerning palate.


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Photo of chargerfanjess
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Poured very clear rich nut brown with red tint. excellent head that lasted forever. Superb rich malty hoppy aroma. The taste would have been a 5 but it was way too sweet and very distracting. The palate was very thick and chewy perfect for the style. Not very drinkable due to the overpowering sweetness...may be good for small snifter but real tough to finish 12 oz

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Photo of BeerStine
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a 20oz nonic glass.

Pours a cloudy tangerine color with fluffy, white head. Smell is of citrus hops with a biscuity malt backdrop. Tastes is just like the smell. Fruity/citrus hop flavor that leaves a slight bittering aftertaste. Malts are sweet caramel and biscuit flavors. Mouthfeel is medium with medium/light carbonation. Drinkablilty is great; I could (and have) had just one or MANY of these beers in one sitting. Very versatile in that regard.

I love that this beer is available year-round at just about every store near me.

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Photo of cdViking
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in BIF from Alan (thanks man), consumed on 4/18.

Pours a wonderful amber with lovely white head that mostly evaporates after awhile. Smell is the most amazing thing, with wonderful pine hitting the front end. This is a hoppy beast, and its apparent from the first sip. Pine dominates the initial tasting but the citrus comes through a few short sips in. Wonderfully nice feeling, and while fantastic tasting, a little bitter to consume frequently.

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Photo of harperman69
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner style glass from Paoli Peaks lodge in Indiana. Don't hate on my limited skiing abilities.

Pours a hazy very light orange with half a finger head, my color may differ from other reviews, I suspect from dimmer lighting. Leaves very light lacing.

Smells very citric and piney with grapefruit smell being predominant.

Mouthfeel was very light, a very easy drinker.

Taste is exceptional. A very well balanced IPA utilizing the malts and hops on a near perfect level. My first Bell's product and won't be my last, if it were only distributed somewhere in west or middle TN. Until then, I must prepare more trips to Bowling Green.

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Photo of Tinfoilrcr
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hayesez for this bottle.

A- Pours an orange gold, clear, and white frothy head with little

N- Citrus hops, with crisp bitterness

T- Very dry, citrus, pine hops, malt background.

M- Refreshing, but filling.

D- Very easy. A very good representation of the style and an easy drinking every day IPA.

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Photo of huhl23
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into DFH snifter.

Tan-orange with a good, lasting one finger head, slight haze and nice lacing.

Smell is citrus hops, pine, and grapefruit, with a smidge of maltiness. Very nice.

Taste is really nice. A fine hoppy base with a nicely blended bit of piney grapefruit and just a touch of malt. Just a barely detectable sweetness and perfect bitterness rounds out the flavors nicely. A great IPA.

Feel is smooth, rich, finely yet amply carbonated, and medium bodied. Very good. One of my favorite single IPA's. Will be in my fridge for years to come.

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Photo of BeerCannuck
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very balanced profile with clean dry finish. Definite grapefruit on nose and taste with slight sweet tropical undertones. A very well made beer that certainly rivals the smoothness and drink ability of west coast standard such as Sculpin. I wish it was
distributed to the bay area.

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Photo of RDAdams
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the benefits of trekking north into the land of William Penn is that beer stores only sell beer by the case. We stopped at the Beer Mill in West Chester where a case of four six packs cost less than $2 a bottle.

AROMA: Using its intense floral hops supported by a firm, complex malt background, it yells at your senses "I am American IPA".

APPEARANCE: It pours an almost solid gold color and is clear as a Bell (pun intended). The head was softly off-white and 1.5" thick. The head dissolved slowly, and lingered throughout the drink.

FLAVOR: It has the intense citrus floral hop complexity (orange, lemon, and definitely grapefruit) on a malt platform of barley, biscuit, and possibility wheat. What it lacks is the malt backbone found in a Dogfish 60 Minute IPA and in most English IPA's. Thus, as good as thus beer is and as good as the hops are, more malt would make this a better beer.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a full bodied beer made to have a medium bodied mouthfeel by the carbonation. It is creamy on the palate with a crisp, dry finish. The aftertaste is hops with a burning sensation on my tongue. The balance would br significantly improved with a malt backbone

DRINKABILITY: This is definitely not a session beer. Since it is not pasteurized, its shelf life is questionable. But I plan to keep a six pack in my refrigerator for at least a year to see if bottle aging decreases the hops flavor compared with the malt flavor.

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Photo of jsbrendle
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a standard shaker pint glass. Appearance isn't thrilling... rather unremarkable golden color with some white head that disappeared quickly & left no lace. Smell is good ... full of citrusy/piney hop notes and a bit of the malt sweetness. Flavor likewise shows some of the malt notes (cereal/biscuit) & plenty of the floral/spicy/citrusy hops. Finish is dry and very hoppy. Very much balanced toward the hop-head's taste preferences (very unbalanced toward hop aroma, flavor and bitterness). Mouthfeel is smooth, body pretty much "medium" weight. One of my favorites in the style (along with Stone IPA, DFH 60 Minute). A decent choice for a session ale if you are a hop-head & also a good choice to recommend to people who appreciate hoppy beers or are willing to at least try to push their envelope further.

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Photo of kush6875
4.6/5  rDev +8%

poured from bottle into a slightly chilled pint glass.

appearance: nice pale straw-amber color with some hazing.

smells of fresh pine, citrus and slight malt.

tastes of hops and nice balanced malts. not as much hops as smell would dictate. very smooth with just enough a hop-bite. this pairs perfectly with a spicy pineapple habenero salsa.

mouthfeel is about right very easy to drink.

very drinkable and very balanced smooth ipa!!!

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Photo of ASymon13
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent IPA from the Bell's brewery. It pours a solid amber color, a little on the light side for an IPA, with a nice fluffy off-white head which leaves some fantastic lacing on the glass. Floral aromas dominate the nose, with some hints of citrus and a sweet-bready malt taking a backseat.

The Centennial hops really come through beautifully in the flavor. It's like a field of flowers in your mouth, but it has enough malt there to balance it out and the hops never become overwhelming. The medium body and ample carbonation give it an excellent mouthfeel, and having a couple of these can be a real treat.

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Photo of chefboy812
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers to begin with. It is now avalable as a 1.35 gal mini keg.

I am not sure if it is conditioned in the can or not. I believe by appearance and taste it is.

It pours almost still with a thin lacey head. It is quite coudy which argues in favor of cask conditioning.nice orange color.

iT has a bright fruit hop aroma. with a pleasing hop bite at first sip and a good chew to it's mouthfeel. nice piney and graprfruit finish.

a great beer made better by being "REAL"
I enjoyed the cask over 4 days with pleasing results each day. the carbonation is lighter each day, but the flavors grew in complexity.

nice beer to study, I even tried a bottled one next to this and was surprsied by the vast differences. But I will let you investigate those on your own.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,355 ratings.